News & Events

Year-end Giving Campaign: #Giving Tuesday through December 31

Nov 29, 2016

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation’s Year-end Giving Campaign will run from November 29, #GivingTuesday, through December 31, 2016.

Support our Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.  All funds raised during the 2016 Year-end Giving Campaign will be used to establish a Scholarship Fund to assist Bethlehem families in need to participate in Parks and Recreation activities.

Matching funds are available.  Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation has received a matching pledge of $1,000.  All donations during the Year-end Giving Campaign (Nov 29 – Dec 31) will be matched up to this $1,000 total.  Please double the impact of your donation and help us leverage these funds in full.

Thank you for your support and generosity!  To make a contribution in any amount, please go to our Donate & Sponsor page to make your donation electronically or print a mail-in donation form.

Elm Avenue Park Playground Community Build Day

Aug 05, 2016

Volunteers are needed for the Elm Avenue Park Playground Community Build Day on Saturday, September 17, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. No experience necessary -- a crew from Miracle Recreation will be on hand to guide volunteers through the assembly of our brand new state-of-the-art playground. (Must be 18 or older.) To volunteer, go to the following link and sign up for one or more 2-hour shifts:

Aug 05, 2016

Installation of Canoe/Kayak Launch Postponed

Aug 04, 2016

The installation of the canoe/kayak launch at Henry Hudson Park scheduled for Thursday, August 4, has been POSTPONED and the press event for that date has been CANCELLED.

Community Garden Organizational Meeting -- July 19

Jun 29, 2016

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation invites you to attend a public meeting to discuss starting a community garden in Elm Avenue Park. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Elm Avenue Park office building.

During the recent Parks and Recreation master planning process, Bethlehem residents expressed a strong interest in having community gardens in the Town of Bethlehem. As a result, the Comprehensive Master Plan included a recommendation to explore a network of community gardens, and the Elm Avenue Park conceptual plan included a site for such a garden. Recently, the Town asked Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation to take the lead in initiating this exciting project.

The purpose of the July 19 meeting is to gauge interest in having community gardens in Bethlehem town parks -- Elm Avenue Park in particular, to solicit input on options for financing and building a community garden, and to discuss options for ongoing administration and maintenance.

A Town of Bethlehem community garden would be a place to grow healthy food, as well as an opportunity to grow community. Strong involvement by Town residents at this critical initial stage will make this project truly responsive to the needs and desires of our community.

If you are unable to attend the July 19 meeting, but would like to be involved in organizing this garden or would be interested in reserving a plot for 2017, please email